Spink Comhaltas is delighted to be awarded first place in the 2020 Laois Community & Voluntary Awards in the ‘Children & Youth’ category. The annual awards, organised by Laois County Council in association with Laois Public Participation Network and sponsored by People First Credit Union, are intended to recognise and celebrate community and voluntary groups across Laois in a number of different categories.
In awarding Spink Comhaltas first place in their category, the judging committee that Spink Comhaltas has consistently provided opportunities for young people to develop life-skills in music and performance which build confidence and social skills over the last 10 years. They congratulated Spink Comhaltas as the only Comhaltas branch in Laois to have continued uninterrupted by COVID-19 and has put in place the structures and technology to allow online music classes to continue to its members. Other music groups in Ireland have been in contact requesting guidance on how Spink achieved this. And finally, that Spink Comhaltas has continued to provide opportunities to its junior members to learn music cost effectively via its comprehensive instrument bank, and opportunities to perform in public via Spink’s social media platforms.
The Chairman of Spink Comhaltas, Lawrence Vesey, said that the branch was delighted to win the award and noted that it was entirely due to the hard work, commitment and imagination of the voluntary management committee as well as the wider support of the membership base of the branch. “2020 has been a very difficult year for voluntary organisations and particularly for those working in the music and arts sectors”, Mr Vesey said, “and winning an award like this is great encouragement to continue to build for the future.”
Spink Comhaltas is providing all of its music classes online throughout the current Covid restrictions and these are operating very well for both junior and adult classes. With one of the most comprehensive music instrument banks in the country, we provide low cost access to high quality music instruments. With excellent teachers and a number of music teaching resources such as music books and SoundCloud recordings, Spink Comhaltas will provide your musician with the best start in learning traditional Irish music. We still have spaces in our online classes. Contact us for more details if you are interested.